Central Connecticut State University Athletics #GOBLUEDEVILS

Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
CCSUBLUEDEVILS.COM

Men's Basketball Takes on Bryant on ESPN+ Saturday

Men's Basketball Takes on Bryant on ESPN+ Saturday
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team travels to Bryant on Saturday for a Northeast Conference doubleheader. The men's game tips off at 4:00 p.m., following the women's game. Both contests will be carried live on ESPN+. 
 
 
 
CCSU will be looking to bounce back from a pair of losses in Pennsylvania last weekend. The Blue Devils led at halftime of both contests before falling by seven points in each. Bryant ended a three-game losing skid with a win on Thursday against St. Francis Brooklyn.
 
Following Saturday, Central will return to action at home on Feb. 13 against LIU.
 

SERIES HISTORY • The series is tied, 17-17. The teams split last year's meetings, with CCSU winning at Bryant, 64-59, on Feb. 2, 2019.

Opening Notes
• Central Connecticut wraps up a three-game Northeast Conference road swing playing at Bryant on Saturday. The game will be carried on ESPN+ at 4:00 p.m.
• The Blue Devils did not play on Thursday and last played at RMJ on Feb. 1..
• Central will play the next three games at home beginning on Thursday against LIU. CCSU will host basketball Alumni Day on Feb. 15.
 
WITH A CCSU WIN TODAY...
• Central Connecticut would collect its first road win of the season.
• The Blue Devils would win at Bryant for the third straight season.
 
Quick Hitting Notes
• CCSU had a 39-29 advantage in bench scoring at Robert Morris. In the last 3 games, CCSU has outscored its opponents 119-44. Central reserves are averaging 25.2 ppg on the year.
Jamir Reed averaged team-highs of 12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg and shot 52.6% last week. He had a career-high 19 points, 9 rebounds at RMU shooting 7-12 from the field.
• Central had just 10 turnovers at Robert Morris, marking the 5th game this season the Blue Devils have committed 10 or fewer turnovers.
• The Blue Devils had 49 points in the first half at Saint Francis U - a season-high. The Blue Devils were 19-of-32 (.594) from the field (9-of-12 from the arc).
 
Central Newcomers Lead the Way
• With a roster featuring 10 players in their first year with the program, the Blue Devils have relied on one of the country's youngest rosters this season.
• Six of 8 players playing 20+ minutes are in their first year at CCSU.
• In CCSU's first 12 games, the 10 newcomers contributed 80.9% (550-of-680) of  the offense. On the year, the newcomers have accounted for 79.4% of points.
• Newcomers scored 39 of CCSU's 55 points in the 2nd half vs. Wagner. Jamir Reed (15) and Tyler Rowe (10) both scored 10+ points to help erase a 5-point halftime deficit.
 
CCSU Roster Has a Fresh Look
• CCSU is one of only 14 schools nationally with 7 or more freshmen and is the 6th-youngest in terms of D1 experience (0.71 years). The D1 average is 1.68 years.
• The Blue Devils also feature two junior college transfers (Ayangma, Newkirk) and a senior transfer (Rowe) who are in their first season of eligibility with the program. 
• Central Connecticut has 11 underclassmen, including 10 players in their first year with the program. CCSU started at least 3 first-year players in the first 14 games of the year, including three freshmen in the opener against Hartford.
  
"X" Is On Target
Xavier Wilson scored a career-high 13 points vs. Sacred Heart on Jan. 23 and has started the past 4 games.
• Wilson went 7-of-11 at the foul line agains the Pioneers in 30 minutes, while also blocking a career-high four shots.
• He has a team-high 20 blocked shots on the year.
 
Rowe Has a Day
Tyler Rowe had a career-day against Wagner on Jan. 25.
• In 22 minutes he had 12 points (5-7 fg, 2-2 3fg) and 4 assists (0 turnovers) - all career-bests.
• Rowe had career-highs of 4 steals and 4 assists at Robert Morris
 
Coleman Posts Double-Double
Jamir Coleman posted his 1st of the year, with 17 points, 12 rebounds (a career-high) at LIU on Jan. 9 - it also marked his 2nd straight double-double against the Sharks.
• Coleman scored 10+ in 4 straight (Nov. 23-Dec. 7) and shot .600 (24-of-40) from the field. He had 27 (12-16 fg) at UMass Lowell.
 
Krishnan Hits the Court Scoring in Return
Ian Krishnan scored 20+ points in his first two games back for CCSU with 23 vs. Conn College and 20 vs. Robert Morris.
• Krishnan leads CCSU in scoring and has scored double-figures in 8 games. He is 7th in NEC play in 3-point shooting accuracy and has made 5+ three-pointers in a game twice this season.
 
Reed & Baker Big Off The Bench
Jamir Reed and Myles Baker both play 20+ mpg and average 8.3 and 8.4 ppg, respectively, coming off the bench.
• Reed is coming off a game at RMU with a career-high 19 points and 9 rebounds. In the second half he scored 11 points with 7 rebounds on 4-6 shooting.
• Baker has 8 double-figure games, including matching a career-high 16 points at Saint Francis U in 24 minutes.
 
Outlaw Named NEC Rookie of the Week
Greg Outlaw was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Dec. 2 following his play at UMass Lowell.
• He had a career-high 16 points on 7-12 shooting. He scored 5 straight to spark a 9-3 run and give CCSU a late 71-70 lead.
 
Treys for Tennyson
Trey Tennyson scored a career-high 15 points in 12 minutes at Saint Francis U.
• Tennyson made 3-4 from three-point range, 5-7 overall, and is 4-9 from the arc in the past two games.
• Tennyson is 2nd on the team, shooting .400 from the arc.
 
Where's Wallace?
Karrington Wallace's presence in the interior is a boost for CCSU. He has left a hole in 10 games missed to injury.
• Wallace leads CCSU in field goal percentage (.458) and is per-40 averages are 11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.9 blocks. 
 
Reed Named All-Tournament
Jamir Reed was named to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team for the Springfield Bracket.
• In two games at Mohegan Sun, he averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg. He had a career-high 14 points vs. Columbia.
 
Central and the Three-Point Shot
• CCSU has made a three-pointer in 153 straight games dating back to Feb. 5, 2015 at St. Francis Brooklyn.
• As a team, the Blue Devils rank 3rd in the NEC (.346) in three-point accuracy and has 11 made treys in 2 of the last 3 games.
 
Central Comes Up Just Short
• Central's back-to-back two-point losses at UMass Lowell and vs. Maine was the first time since Jan. 21 (at Sacred Heart, 61-62) and Jan. 26, 2012 (Monmouth, 56-58 ot) that CCSU had consecutive losses by two-or-fewer points.
 
Blue Devils vs. Postseason Participants
• In 2019-20, CCSU will face seven teams that played in the postseason last year. Fairleigh Dickinson, St. John's, Arizona St., Vermont (NCAA); Saint Francis U (NIT); Robert Morris and St. Francis Brooklyn (CIT) all made postseason trips last year.
• CCSU is 0-7 against postseason participants from last year. In 2018-19, the Blue Devils went 1-10 against 8 teams that played in the postseason the previous year.
 
Working Overtime
• The Blue Devils are 5-4 under Donyell Marshall in overtime games. CCSU was 2-0 in OT during the 2018-19 season.
• CCSU defeated Fairleigh Dickinson in 2OT (1/10/19) - the 7th multi-OT game in the program's D-1 history (1986-87). 
 
Senator Olamuyiwa
• Freshman Ola Olamuyiwa was sworn in as a student body senator on the CCSU SGA Student Senate on Oct. 9.
• Olamuyiwa was also student government president at The Patrick School prior to coming to Central.
• Olamuyiwa and his teammates had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) when he visited the CCSU campus earlier in the fall.
• The SGA Student Senate meets weekly on Wednesdays and is seen as a voice for the undergraduate student body.
 
Marshall Among Former NBA Players Coaching
• CCSU head coach Donyell Marshall enjoyed a 15-year career in the NBA playing with eight teams.
• Marshall, who was the 4th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, is one of six former Top-10 picks currently coaching.
• Marshall was UConn's first consensus First-Team All-American as a junior in 1994. He is one of eight former consesus First-Team All-Americans now coaching Division I.
 
An International Roster
• The Blue Devils' roster has student-athletes from 4 countries (including the United States) in 2019-20.
• CCSU has 12 players from 9 states and England (Thai Segwai), Cameroon (Stephane Ayungma) and Nigeria (Ola Olamuyiwa).
• Central is among a group of 46 schools with student-athletes representing 3 or more foreign countries.
 
Blue Devils Welcome Alex Inyatkin
• CCSU teamed with Team IMPACT to welcome 12-year-old Alex Inyatkin into the men's basketball program.
• The Blue Devils held a signing ceremony on April 24 in the Athletic Department that included Alex and his family.
• Inyatkin will be with the team for the season and attend games, practices and other team functions.
• Team IMPACT connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds with life-changing outcomes. 
 
"All In, Ball Out" Year 2
• The NEC's "All In, Ball Out" branding campaign was launched in 2018-19 and captures the essence and attitude of the NEC's basketball-centric nature, and conveys a host of traits common to student-athletes, teams and the NEC.
• A series of hoops theme nights were announced to take place during league play and enhance the fan experience through coordinated marketing efforts within the conference.
 
84 Years of CCSU Basketball
• This is the 84th season of men's basketball at Central Connecticut. CCSU is 1,114-975 all-time (.533).
• Bill Detrick is the school's all-time winningest coach, having won 468 games in 29 seasons as head coach.
• CCSU's first year of competition was in 1934-35 under coach Harrison J. Kaiser, the athletic building's namesake.
• CCSU has competed as an NCAA Division I program from 1986 to present.
 
Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
• Central was picked 10th in the preseason coaches poll at NEC Social Media Day in Brooklyn, NY, at Barclay's Center on Oct. 23. Complete poll (first place votes):
• The Preseason All-NEC Team included Saint Francis U senior Keith Braxton, the 2018-19 NEC Player of the Year, was a unanimous selection, along with Raiquan Clark (Sr., LIU) and Jahlil Jenkins (Jr., Fairleigh Dickinson). E.J. Anosike (Jr., Sacred Heart) and Adam Grant (Sr., Bryant) rounded out the preseason selections.

 

CCSU DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS

1615 STANLEY STREET

NEW BRITAIN, CT 06050

(860) 832-BLUE

Privacy Policy